Subversive Femme

It’s not vulgar! c. 1946

Lucky the pattern has that disclaimer on the bottom – you can display some cleavage without the slightest hint of the grotesque or vulgar.

The pattern for this summer top is from Nina Wall’s Book of Light Weight Knitting, which appears to focus on lighter, cotton knitwear.
This little jumper has a nice stripe pattern – but check out the V-neck, yowza! Risque indeed. I’ve honestly never come across something so low-cut from the forties.
To fit a 34 inch bust, and knitted on 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles using fingering weight yarn.


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    April 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Great jumper. I have never seen one this low cut from the 40s either. Describing cleavage as grotesque is a bit much surely!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    April 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    What a great, timeless looking warm weather knit. I could see this hanging in the window of a modern fashion shop today just as easily as I could picture a gal sporting it back in the 40s.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* As a Canadian, I can't help but love that this design is called “Banff”, like the popular town nestled in the Rocky Mountains.

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    April 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I love it !!!!

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